Here’s another holiday gift guide for this Christmas. This is the cool electronics edition so most of the items are not on the cheap side. I did not receive any of the products for review, but these are items I would consider purchasing if I had a money tree in my backyard. So if you looking for holiday gift ideas, take a look at my list below.
3M CP40 Shoot’n Share Camcorder with Projector
This cool gadget is a high definition camcorder (HD 720p, 1280×720), a camera (5 megapixel) and a projector (up to 65″ image size, 640×480). Dads and moms can shoot video and photos and then instantly project it on a wall. According to 3M, the Shoot’n Share CP40 Camcorder Projector is easy to use. You just push a button to record a video and then push the project button to project and share with friends, relatives, and pets. The 3M Shoot’n Share can also project video from an iPhone, iPod, mobile phone, DVD Players and gaming consoles. The 3M camcorder has a built-in speaker and the rechargeable Li-Polymer battery lasts up to two hours. The CP40 features touch panel controls; 14 lumens of brightness; 20,000 hour LED Lamp; microphone, and mini USB for battery charging and PC connection. List Price: $299 (Amazon: $278.50).
Swann PenCam DVR Mini Video Camera and Recorder
The Swann SW234-PC2 2 GB DVR Pencam is a fun item for the spy in your family. It looks like a ballpoint pen, but it’s actually a pinhole video camera. Cool! The spy pen features a 2GB USB memory stick that can record up to three hours of video footage. When it’s full, you can plug the pen straight into a computer’s USB port. The USB port is also used to charge the built-in lithium-ion battery (up to 90 minutes). The PenCam records AVI video files that are compatible with Windows XP and Vista. The Swann PenCam DVR features a built-in microphone that can capture sound within a 3-foot range and the audio file can be uploaded to a PC. List Price: $79.99 (Amazon: $59).
Polaroid CZA-05300B PoGo Instant Digital Camera
They don’t make the old Polaroid cameras anymore. They’ve been replaced with camera and printer combination units like the Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera. This camera-printer combo is small and great for creating instant photos when you’re on the go. The Polaroid CZA-05300 PoGo can print 2″ x 3″ borderless color images in less than a minute. The CZA-05300 features 5.0-megapixel, 4x digital zoom, 3″ LCD screen, a SD memory card slot, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Picture enhancements include red-eye removal, image stabilization, face tracking, and smile detection. The peel-off prints are water-resistant, tear-proof, and smudge-proof. List Price: $199.99 (Amazon: $175.43) If you’re happy with your camera, you can just purchase the Polaroid CZA-10011B PoGo Instant Mobile Printer (List Price: $49.99, Amazon: $29.99). The mobile printer is compatible with most digital cameras and camera phones.
Mi Casa Verde Vera 2 Home Controller
The Vera home controller is a great gift for the geeky do-it-yourself type. The Vera is a controller for managing home and small business security systems, energy consumption, home theater equipment and many household electronics from the convenience of a smartphone or computer. The powerful, flexible, multi-purpose controller features an intuitive interface. List Price: $249 (Amazon: $239). Here are some more details:
- Automate your home so devices do things automatically based on timers or in response to events
- See what’s going on in your home by watching your cameras from a PC or cell phone
- Get alerts via SMS, email or telephone calls of security breaches and remotely arm/disarm your alarm and open doors
- Control lighting, climate, draperies and a variety of devices using your cell phone, iPhone, iPod or other handheld remote
- Monitor your energy consumption and see how much you’re spending on energy, and save money by eliminating vampire energy drains
- Access your home gateway from anywhere on the Internet
- Access with the same high-security safeguards used for online banking
Dish Network VIP 922 Sling Loaded HD DVR
I’m not a DISH subscriber, but if I was I would consider getting the VIP 922 Sling Loaded HD DVR. The ViP922 receiver lets users watch their DISH Network TV service from almost anywhere. If you’re not home, you can watch your programming with a laptop, desktop computer, or mobile device via a high-speed broadband Internet connection. Dads and moms can also change channels from almost anywhere. The ViP922 features a dual-tuner, one terabyte (TB) hard drive with up to 1,000 hours of recoding time. With the ViP922, users have access to supported media (like photos and music, but not streaming video) from devices on a home network. Price: $525.
Cisco umi Telepresence
The Cisco ūmi (pronounced: You-Me) system connects to a HD television and a broadband Internet connection to create a video communications device for friends and family. It’s essentially a personal video conference system. Cisco ūmi features a HD camera, a console and a remote. The system offers smooth video and automatically adjusts to lighting conditions and room sizes. The suggested retail price is $599 for the unit. In addition, there is a monthly fee of $24.99 for unlimited umi calls, video messaging and video storage.